Diego Costa - Biography - A most Successful Footballer

Diego Costa

NameDiego Costa
BornOct 07, 1988
Age33 years
BirthplaceLagarto, Sergipe, Brazil
Height6ft 2ins

Diego Costa is well-known for his aggressive style of play and is a title winner in both Spain and England. 

Diego da Silva Costa, better known by his playing name Diego Costa, was born on October 7, 1988. He now plays as a striker for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.

Costa started playing football in his home Brazil before transferring to Braga in 2006 at the age of 17. Despite spending time on loan at Penafiel, he never featured for the team. The following year, he signed with Atlético Madrid. He spent time on loan with Braga, Celta Vigo, and Albacete during the following two seasons. His performance led to a 2009 transfer to Real Valladolid, a fellow La Liga team, where he lasted one season and was their top scorer before returning to Atlético Madrid. Atlético's Costa struggled to keep him in a regular starting position, so he spent additional time on loan, this time at Rayo Vallecano, where he ended up becoming the team's top scorer that year.

Costa returned to Atlético in 2011 with a bigger role. He developed as a goal scorer and contributed to the team's victories in the Copa del Rey, La Liga, and the UEFA Super Cup. Numerous top clubs were impressed by his play, and in 2014 Costa was traded to Premier League club Chelsea for a sum of €35 million (£32 million). Costa won three trophies while residing in London, including two Premier League championships and a League Cup. After falling out with manager Antonio Conte in 2018, Costa moved to Atlético Madrid in a club-record deal costing an initial €56 million[note 1], where he won another UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Costa holds dual citizenship in Spain and Brazil. In 2013, he participated in two games for Brazil before announcing his desire to play for Spain after obtaining citizenship in that country in September. In the months since his March 2014 debut, he has amassed 24 caps for Spain, scored 10 goals, and represented them in both the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.

Diego Costa's personal life

Costa, who is renowned for having a fiery disposition, has received criticism and punishment for multiple altercations with opponents.

Diego Costa was born to Jose de Jesus and Josileide in Lagarto, Brazil. Despite the animosity between the two nations, he was given the football legend Diego Maradona's name.

The forward grew up playing street soccer and has opened an academy in his birthplace, which he fully funds, because he believed as a child that his isolated hometown would prevent him from ever succeeding as a professional.

Costa used to play with his brother Jair when they were kids. Jair failed to succeed as a professional football player after a three-month trial at Salvatierra.

Costa is a fan of Palmeiras.

Diego Costa's net worth

In February 2014, Costa joined players like Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, and Luis Suarez in signing an endorsement contract with Adidas. He said why he was so intrigued to the company: "The brand has a tremendous history, but they are also at the forefront when it comes to innovation."

Then-manager of Marseille Andre Villas-Boas revealed in January 2022 that Costa made a yearly gross salary of €16 million at Atletico Madrid.

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